It’s worth wandering a little further afield from Southend-on-Sea proper if you’re in search of a less-heralded gem of a restaurant. And if it’s Italian you’re after, head up Sutton Road east of the town centre to find the little collection of shops and eateries on your way north to St Luke’s and Prittlewell train station. Here, along the road slightly less travelled, you can find Route 5, a cosy and down to earth Italian restaurant specialising in the regional cuisines of Sicily and Abruzzi. The menu is simple and understated, but packed with ingredients from the two famous foodie regions, as is the wine list. If you can’t decide on what to eat, why not book for the third Thursday of the month and pick a starter and main course blind and let the kitchen work it’s magic.
Fantastic freshley prepared food, service and atmosphere. Good selection of wine and beer. A small venue, so the service is exemplary and well just about as perfect as you could wish for. Our regular haunt, the by far best Italian restaraunt in the area.
This was our sixth visit to Route 5 which we love for its excellent food and warm friendly service. It is only a small restaurant in not the best position, but it is so good to see it doing well and we are always happy to recommend it to friends.
Small and intimate with the most wonderful fresh food and very good prices. Excellent service. Most definitely will be returning. You're not rushed and the atmosphere is so friendly.